Australian troops string out behind tanks in a practice advance over North African sands, on January 3, 1941. The supporting infantry is spread out thinly as a precaution against air raids. (AP Photo) Australian troops fighting with the British 8th Army made heroic contributions to Allied campaigns against the Germans especially in North Africa and Italy. According to the official Australian history of World War Two, 9,572 Australians were killed in action fighting against Nazi Germany.
Lot 11588-12: Activities in the Middle East. Australians in Syria. The Emir Abdulla of Transjordan, riding in an Australian Bren Gun carrier at a review of Australian troops near Jericho. Office of War Information Photograph.
#OnThisDay in 1941 the Siege of Tobruk began. For eight months Australian and British soldiers – with Indian, Polish, and Czech troops – held Tobruk against besieging German and Italian forces. Total losses for the 9th Division AIF amounted to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners. #LestWeForget Image and information via Australian War Memorial
Massed German prisoners of war at a clearing station after the successful Allied offensive near Amiens in Northern France, which began on 8 August 1918. General Ludendorff described it as “The Black Day of the German Army”.